sit\ up\ and\ take\ notice

sit\ up\ and\ take\ notice
v. phr. informal
To be surprised into noticing something.

Grace had never impressed her teachers. Hearing that she had won the essay contest made them sit up and take notice.

George's sudden success made the town sit up and take notice.


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